V8 Racers Go Karting For A Good Cause

AKA press release

A group of V8 Supercar drivers are getting set to go karting for a good cause when they lead the way in the Karting4MS Event to be held at Sydney’s Oran Park Raceway on December 3.

Above: Garry Rogers Motorsport's Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso are two of the V8 drivers competing in the Karting4MS Event. (pic: Edge Photographics)

The inaugural Karting4MS Team Relay is a unique event where competitive karters’ dreams will come true as they team up with their V8 Supercar heroes & media personalities to race for glory and a worthy cause.

Competitors from as young as seven years of age through to senior ranks will come together for the Event aimed at raising funds in support of MS Australia. The funds raised will be used to help care for people living with MS and fund research into a cure for the disease.

Some of the V8 drivers who have confirmed their participation in the event include the Garry Rogers Motorsport pair of Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso, WOW Racing’s Cameron McConville, PWR Racing’s Andrew Thompson, Ford Rising Stars Racing's Michael Patrizi and Rod Nash Racing’s Tony D’Alberto. Also participating in the Event will be Fujitsu Series V8 Supercar drivers Dean Canto, Karl Reindler, Damian Assaillit, Drew Russell and Jonathan Beikoff.

“I haven’t actually raced a kart for about eight years, so I’m really looking forward to getting back into it and having some fun,” said Holdsworth.

“In my job I’m fortunate to be in the position of doing something I love as a career and I see a part of my role as a V8 driver as being able to give something back to the sport that has given me so much.

“The Karting4MS event is designed around raising money for a good cause, it should be a great event.”

Lining up alongside the V8 stars in a Team Captain role will also be media personalities Greg Rust (Network Ten) and Channel Seven’s V8 pit reporter Daniel Gibson.

Each team will consist of nine members ranging from Midgets to the Team Captains (V8 Supercar drivers & media personalities) with the winning team completing the most laps in the shortest time.

The Karting4MS Event is the brainchild of Sydney teenager James Spicer. His Mother, Benita, was diagnosed with MS in early 2007.

Following the diagnosis James wanted to do something within the motorsport community to raise awareness of MS and the much needed funds to find a cure for this horrible illness. Together he and his Mother came up with the Karting4MS concept.

“Apparently I have had the illness for up to 12 years but did not know. It was not until the damage to my spine was severely affected that I ended up in hospital and then not long after this my illness was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis,” said Benita Spicer.

“The MS has affected my legs, and left arm. I also suffer from debilitating fatigue especially on hot days

“Mid-way through 2007, my eldest son, James, wanted to do something with the karting community to raise awareness of MS and to raise much needed funds to find a cure for this horrible illness. Together we came up with the idea of Karting4MS.

“My youngest son also races and is looking forward to raising lots of money to find a cure too. Hamish my middle son will be performing on his clarinet during the day to also raise funds for MS.

"It is such a wonderful feeling seeing all of these fantastic people coming together to help raise funds for MS.”

The Karting4MS website can be found by clicking here. Already the Event has raised over $30,000 with organisers setting their sights on raising in excess of $50,000 for MS.


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